The World Bank, in partnership with some international oil companies (IOCs), is supporting the development of the National Clean Cooking Strategy to serve as a roadmap and a catalyst for a thriving clean cooking sector in Ghana, a release said here on Friday.
The purpose of the initiative is to reduce the exposure to unhealthy wood-smoke and decrease pressure on the depletion of forest resources.
The bank has therefore signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the energy company, ENI of Italy, operators of Ghana’s Sankofa, Off Cape Three Points (OCTP) field towards the implementation of the pilot program in 10 communities making up a total population of about 13,000.
Through the adoption of this pioneering cooperation model, between a multilateral organization and the private sector, the initiative is expected “to contribute to Ghana’s strategy for ensuring universal access to modern, clean and safe energy sources by 2030.”
“Universal access to clean and modern cooking solutions in Ghana is critical to achieving the aims of the sustainable development Goal (SDG) seven,” World Bank country director Pierre Laporte said.
The SDG-seven aims at ensuring universal access to modern energy services for all by 2030.
The other OCTP partners, state-owned Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and Vitol will also partner the World Bank in the pilot project.
The pilot project will assess the most suitable technology and design for domestic wood fuel cookstoves, as well as the related business model, ensuring their production and distribution in rural areas.
Based on the outcome, a two-year scheme, aiming to ensure the availability of improved domestic wood fuel cookstoves will be developed, endorsed by local stakeholders and implemented. Enditem.